Akbar is an immigrant whose parents came to America. He is a devout muslim who lives in New York City with his roomate, Muhammad. He has had a difficult time living in America since the 9/11 attacks because of the hate targeted towards muslims.
The Patriot Act for Dummies - The act was passed on Oct.25, 2001 with a 98-1 vote in the Senate.-The house vote was 375-66 with 211 republicans for it and 3 against, and 145 democrats for it and 62 against it.-The act had large bicameral support with almost all house republicans voting for the bill and a minority of democrats voting against it.
Akbar noticed that Muhammad was being secretive and became suspicious of his behavior. Akbar knew how Muhammad felt about America, so he researched if there was anything being done to prevent Muhammad from committing a crime or an attack if that was what he was up to.
Akbar discovers The Patriot Act, which was signed after 9/11. This act expands the power of law enforcement and the government to investigate potential terrorists and criminals. This includes wire taps, phone records, and other means of investigation.
Muhammed was arrested later that month. Law enforcement placed wiretaps where he and his co-conspirators were meeting and pulled their phone records as evidence that they were planning an attack on US soil.
The Patriot act has faced criticism and challenges from groups such as the ACLU. The act was set to expire in 2005, but was signed back into law as the USA Patriot and Terrorism Reauthorism Act. Several sections such as section 215 and 505 have been revised because of these challenges.